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British Council

Teaching Young Learners Online

British Council via FutureLearn

Overview

Explore online language teaching with young learners

Have you recently had to adapt to online teaching in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

This 3-week course from the British Council will help you explore the practice and theory of online teaching.

While this course is mostly aimed at English language teachers, all teachers can benefit from learning about accessibility, online safety, and how to engage young learners online.

Create the best conditions for online learning

The course will begin with an exploration of how to ensure learners interact together meaningfully. You’ll learn about the principles of language learning and teaching, and gain insight into how to connect with learners and their parents.

Building a community and developing rapport with your students will help them have a positive online learning experience, so you’ll plan and share a meaningful activity that’ll help you get to know your learners.

Develop inclusive teaching methods

It’s important to tailor your online teaching to your learners’ needs so that each class is inclusive and fun, so you’ll learn how to provide extra support for those who need it.

You’ll help expose your learners to language through reading and listening activities, and develop strategies to engage learners in different online learning environments.

Learn strategies for teaching English online

In the final week, you’ll be helping your learners to develop their speaking and writing skills. We’ll discuss assessments for learning, including how to set expectations and motivate your students.

This course is for English language teachers, teaching young learners (5-17) in an online environment. Experience of teaching in online contexts is not essential and both experienced and novice online teachers will benefit.

While most of the context is based around English language learning, teachers of other subjects will also find the course valuable, as the principles of English language lesson planning apply to online teaching in general.

Syllabus

  • Meaningful interaction
    • How do we learn language?
    • Being human
    • The learning environment
    • Planning
    • Managing the interaction
    • Learning together
    • Reflection
  • Engagement, content and differentiation
    • How do we learn language?
    • Being human
    • The learning environment
    • Planning
    • Managing the interaction
    • Learning together
    • Reflection
  • Practice, assessment and progress
    • How do we learn language?
    • Being human
    • The learning environment
    • Planning
    • Managing the interaction
    • Learning together
    • Reflection

Taught by

Claire Ross

Reviews

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4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 489 ratings

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  • Vladimir Alexandrov
    First of all I would like to reiterate over again that I am a big fan of FutureLearn courses. That's a real Treasure Attic of new ideas for me. It is exactly the case this time with this course Teaching Young Learners Online British Council. Brilli…
  • I have nothing but good words for this course. I'd already done the Teaching English Online course over a year ago and I thought I might go over most of the content again , but it turns out the contents have been really well put together, you never get bored, it covers all the relevant stuff you need to know, it continues to be engaging and I grow more and more confident and enthusiastic as I complete it. And I love Claire and Josh!
  • Marc A Tucciarone
    I am really enjoying this course ! I find it very enlightening in terms of finding out about online platforms , resources ( the daunting amount of them !) , practices and more modern expectations in the times we are living in . The model so…
  • Jenny Storm
    Thank you Claire and Josh for giving me this opportunity to do this wonderful course, as a first time online teaching, still studying , this has helped a me a lot, the comments, videos, links, and downloads all will come in use when I get to teach. I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking of teaching on line, and also to take other courses with Future Learn. I wish I had known about these courses before. I have throughly enjoyed it and will definitely take other courses , to gain more knowledge and better myself. Keep up with the good work.
  • Anonymous
    I love how warm and pleasing the environment is in this MOOC. :) The educators were hands-on and proactively communicating to each participant which is very inspiring as a course learner living thousands of miles away from them. The learnings are superb, full of useful information and tool suggestions in utilizing online teaching! :) More powers to Claire and Josh and to all the coordinators of this course :)
  • Anonymous
    Surprisingly informative and dynamic with all the shared ideas not just from the course educators but with everyone taking the course from all over the world. This course took me off guard because initially I just wanted to see what it will be like and I've discovered that it's more than what it seems at face value. It's much greater than expected so I'm truly glad to have taken this course. Thank you very much for this opportunity.
  • Anonymous
    The thing that I like the most about the course is that Claire and Josh really put a lot of effort in make this course personal. They show interest in what is shared and make every teacher/learner feel more confident and important. I have done a few online courses before but this is the 1st one where the "lecturers" are actually part of the course. Thank you very much for the time and effort. Much appreciated.
  • Elsa Juddy Pariahuaman Herrera
    Well,I like each seminar that British Council gives teachers because it is very interesting innovative and update course.Besides,each seminar I learn many things about ELT field and enjoy it so much.It is so fascinating and new way to learn to teach…
  • Anonymous
    I am so enjoying the course. I love the way it was structured, the way it is presented.
    The lead educators are very friendly and also the teachers who are contributing somehow.
    I love the content because it is truly all encompassing.
    When I have the chance , I read the comments which are also very informative.
    A big Thank You for all the effort put together!
    Blessings!
  • It is a wonderful endeavor to assist teachers in learning new tools,tricks and techniques.Course content and use of technology makes this cours highly invaluable.I learnt a lot of new things.It is simply amazing!
  • Anonymous
    For me, it’s the most useful courses I have taken on. I enjoyed this course and learned a lot from it. The content is well organized and focused on practical situations. I particularly enjoyed the part being human. I can recommend this course as I find it effective, informative, inspiring.
  • Anonymous
    I am a CELTA certified teacher and I certainly loved how all the teaching techniques I learned are put to use in online teaching. This course has been amazing in linking those teaching techniques to how they can be used online. Recommended to all teachers, no matter what their experience is.
  • Anonymous
    This has been such a thorough and engaging course for teaching online with this age group. I have really appreciated just how much other teachers and course leaders have shared of their experience. Online learning is here to stay and so this course has been invaluable for me.
  • Anonymous
    I very much enjoy the hands on approach that Claire Ross models. Her interaction allows for dialogue, posing questions for information and she provides helpful and encouraging feedback. Posted articles and handbooks are always helpful. Usually a…
  • Anonymous
    Really educational and useful for teachers as the course helps them to improve their teaching skills and become familiar with online tools in order to become better and help their Ss efficiently. Siopi Athanasia
  • Anonymous
    Really educational and helpful for teachers to improve their teaching skills and enrich their knowledge so as to become better teachers for their students
  • Anonymous
    What can I say? I am delighted reading other teachers' comments and also the tutors' suggestions. It's a very good opportunity to update and continue learning. That's what this carrer is about...
    Thanks!!!
  • Marienta Gago
    In this course, I have found everything I need to improve my courses and even more, all the help for my online courses. Very grateful to the British Council. Marienta, french teacher
  • Anonymous
    el curso ha sido de gran provecho ya que he conocido y aprendido más de lo que esperaba,todo lo que nos han enseñado ahora creo me va a ser de gran utilidad ya que con esta situación del COVID 19 no tenemos seguro el regreso a las aulas para dar cla…
  • Anonymous
    Absolutely innovative and inspiring. All the questions which were needed to be answered were very interesting. The information that was given along side with this specific material was provided in abundance. The tutors give an excellent presentation…

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